We have had a break through! The pooches are no longer crated at night which makes us very happy since they are in their crates for a good chunk of time four days each week.
We were crating them at night for the last two and a half months because they were still getting used to one another and they were very pushy at night when left out of their crates. They also liked to flop around, scratch their ears very noisily and disrupt our sleep in general.
|Nigel actually prefers beds on beds.|
We used tie downs (and collars that didn't have tags on them to help the pooches not jingle all night) to get them used to their own space on the floor. Maggie is pretty smart and got the idea very quickly. She started sleeping in her bed right next to our bed almost immediately. Nigel took a little extra time to get the hang of sleeping on the floor in his bed and NOT in our bed. He seems to favor our bed quite a bit (I can't blame him, we're cuddly). I'm pretty sure we said "Go to bed" about sixty times in the last week and a half, sometimes at 3:30am, but it finally worked.
He seems to be only very mildly attached to his bed but really not that into it. I wonder if maybe he would like a nice one with fluffy sides like Maggie has. His bed is more flat.
Where do your pooches sleep? Did it take a while to teach them to sleep there?